A Room With a View

It’s taken me over 5 years, but I finally got it done. Augie and Eddie’s room has curtains!

A & E's New Blackout Curtains

This room gets hit with direct sunlight every afternoon and in the summer, it’s brutal. The room heats up and no one can nap long with the light in their face. So these curtains are sewn with basic cotton squares on the front, but is backed with “blackout” fabric which completely blocks out the light. Even Chris was amazed how well it worked. (I got the blackout fabric at Fabric Depot for less than $6/yd.)

The other challenge is that it’s a huge bay window and we weren’t sure how to hang curtains over all 3 windows. In the end, we went with four panels that attach to the ceiling of the window. We bought some cafe curtain rods, but couldn’t use those because of the inside angles. Chris came up with a length of copper pipe bent at the corners.

Copper Curtain Rod

Next was figuring out how to hang it. Those darn curtain things are expensive! So, I used shower curtain hooks instead and sewed in some button holes. It’s not perfect, but hey, the boys can open and close their curtains with ease.

New Curtains Open

My family tells me I’m crazy for sewing a patchwork curtain instead of a simple length of fabric and for appliquéing the letters of their names. To me though that’s the beauty of making something yourself. It’s original, has special features and it’s just the way you like it. What more can you ask for?

I also wanted to show you the other things in the room that I love.

The bookcase:

Bookcase Made by Dad

Made by Chris, this thing is solid wood, holds everything and has adjustable shelves for the ever changing book & game selection. It even supports a huge fish tank that was the boys’ birthday present this year.

On the other side of the room is the closet:

Closet Made by Dad

Again, made by Chris, it’s solid wood and has adjustable shelves. Each boy has their own side and each can reach most of their clothes. The baskets hold the things that tend to get messy- socks, underwear, and t-shirts. They can rummage through to find “the” shirt or underwear that they must wear today.

On the other side of the closet is the Light Saber holder:

Light Saber Holder Made by Dad

Yep, one HAD to be made because the one that came with the sabers wasn’t good enough. These are probably the boys’ most prized possessions. No, they are not the same as the other 500 plastic light sabers we already own. These are different. They light up, make “the noise”, AND they connect to make the ultimate weapon. (By the way, the green tape around the sabers is Chris’ doing so he can film the boys better for his “movie” he’s making- umm, yeah, another hobby.)

So that’s it. That’s the tour of the boys’ room with our many handmade things that are perfect for our family. Hope you liked it!


6 responses to this post.

  1. Love the curtains! What a labor of love!

    Great use of copper pipe! I did something similar inside a big arched shower wall instead of buying an expensive arched glass shower door…I used copper pipe, too as I couldn’t find a rod that would work. Sometimes the simpliest solutions are the best!

    My son would drool is he saw the “light saber holder”…LOL…great idea!

    With friendship,


  2. Wow Irene. Looks great. Are the men ready for school tomorrow? Hope it all goes well!


  3. Posted by Fini on September 4, 2007 at 9:57 am

    Yeah! Hill cant wait to be napping in the dark room this time:) Love the holder thingy for the swords or whatever you guys call them;)
    See you soon!


  4. The curtains and rod are a brilliant and clever solution. I think they look great as do all the other personalizations you’ve incorporated into the room. Things that folks create have so much more meaning than just running off to the store–I love it that you and your family feel this way, too.


  5. Posted by mommiemarzie on September 4, 2007 at 6:05 pm

    The whole room is AWESOME! I’m really jealous of the bed. I’ve been thinking about getting bunk beds for our boys and I’ve never seen one as cool as that! And you guys were thinking when you used the copper pipe to fit all the angles. Brilliant!


  6. Posted by jennifer gay on June 27, 2008 at 1:29 am

    I absolutely love the closet. Where did you find the cloth baskets? I have looked every where and cannot find exactly what I want.


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